Saturday, 14 April 2018

Instructor training week finally sees the sun

Today there was warm sunshine, blue sky and cumulus - finally the instructor training was to be actual flying in real gliders. The day turned out to be soarable but with fairly poor vis. It was a very busy day for training, and some private owners ventured out to Bicester in the murk.

Ready to go - again
All out

The airfield is drying out quickly but in places is still a quagmire, so occasionally a bit of extra effort was required.

Triple tow

Maddi has been working hard all week on patter and all that, this afternoon she went for a bit of R&R in the Duo, and came back with a pic of the vario showing 6.2kts.

George and Maddi
We packed up a bit early in order to get to the AGM.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Last Thursday - corny gliding photo

For those that didn't fly their own glider on Thursday (ie everyone except me), it was probably better than you thought and anyone more adventurous than me probably would have gone somewhere - but not far.  Blue but soarable.  I feel I let the side down as there are now quite a few flights on the BGA Ladder and we should get a few Booker XC flights loaded. Here is one of those corny "look how good my thermal was" photos, just to prove there really has been nearly 4 knots for 20 seconds on one day this year.



This looks as though somebody is paying attenton:-http://www.generalaviationappg.uk/all-party-parliamentary-group-brands-brize-and-oxford-airspace-proposals-unsafe/

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Aeros in the sun

The sunshine today brought out a fair few members onto the airfield, which was a bit soggy in places but usable. Amongst them was Maddi who did a bit of practice with Graham and then flew a solo sequence for her Standard Aerobatics badge. Well done Maddi!

Filling in the paperwork

The famous Easter Egg Cup aerobatics comp has been postponed from this weekend until better weather is assured. Watch this space.

Friday, 30 March 2018

The evening groups are back.........soon

 
Evening flying starts again on Tuesday 17th April. The groups will, as last year, be run by:

Graham Saw - Tuesdays
Chris Rowland - Wednesdays
Symeon Economou - Fridays

Evenings are a great time to make progress with your flying - circuits, aerobatics (on Tuesdays), spot landing, aerotowing .......... or just enjoying a peaceful evening flight as the sun sets. It's also a good time for group visits - a (special price) trial lesson and a picnic, or maybe a trip to a local pub - just contact the office to make arrangements.

Don't sit indoors on a warm sunny evening, come on down to the airfield and make some new friends.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Good bye Sutton Bank

Friday was very windy indeed so the only flying was a couple of winch launches by the locals. We derigged the Duo Discus and LS7 in the shelter of the hangar and turned all the trailers round ready for leaving in the morning. Some of us then went for a bit of ground level sight seeing around the North York Moors, having seen a bit from above. This morning we said good bye and set off south to the Chilterns.

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Gliding Club for making us so welcome, and to Richard for organising us all.


Skoda convoy


Friday, 23 March 2018

Westerly winds again

Yesterday was a busy day with the wind in the west and opportunities for ridge, thermal and wave soaring. Having got his Bronze 1 hour the previous day Max flew again for 2 hours, congratulations Max. The day ended with Richard taking a couple of people in 315 on runs along the length of the ridge, just before sunset.

315 above cloud somewhere in Yorkshire

Max heading for Bronze




Wednesday, 21 March 2018

More flying at Sutton Bank

Today the wind was westerly so we were launching on 24 - a bit different from Booker, off the edge of the airfield and suddenly the valley is spread out below. The ridge was working well and there were strong thermals so staying up was not a problem. We had use of the local DG1000 as well as the Booker gliders, so everyone had a go.

Yorkshire

Chilly launch queue

John auditioning for Lollipop Man

Nick models the new Spring fashions



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Sutton Bank expedition week 2

Those that arrived for the weekend had plenty of snow to admire, but not a lot of opportunity to fly.



On Monday the sky cleared and white stuff stopped falling so we got the toys out. Conditions were, shall we say, bracing with a stiff NE wind which flayed any exposed skin, but there were strong thermals and plenty of interesting scenery - and a circuit which required concentration. Excellent fun.

Spot the (snow)ball

Today started with rain but our CFI promised us a clearance and lo and behold in the afternoon the sky cleared and the wind dropped and the views were stunning.

The view from the tractor
More fun tomorrow.
 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Sutton Bank expedition update

The team had a good day yesterday with weak thermals allowing for flights of almost an hour. Everyone flew, including most of the single seaters. After a lovely sunset they retired to the Three Tuns in Thirsk for steak and quiz night - no word on whether or not they won!

Somewhere over Yorkshire

View of the airfield

Yorkshire looking a bit wet

Day's end

Local beer tasting



Monday, 12 March 2018

Booker Spring expedition

The Spring expedition to Sutton Bank is now well underway. The week 1 contingent made it up the 1-in-4 hairpin bend to the airfield in safety and yesterday they all had check flights to get the lie of the land. Today it has been wet, as it was down south, but they are expecting a good day tomorrow.

A fine view of the White Horse

The gang looking happy

Sunday, 18 February 2018

February soaring

The sunshine on Friday made for a busy launchpoint with club members and visitors enjoying some early spring soaring. Friday saw a few achievements - James Giles had a busy day passing his Bronze GFT. Cadet Maddi Roberts had her first flight in a Pegasus and loved it, and Max Norfolk felt much the same about the LS7. Saturday was also sunny and soarable, with plenty more flying for those not attending Steve Williams' briefing on Navigation.

Maddi - Pegasus pilot

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Another Wet Saturday


Today we had an excellent lecture from William Parker on Field Landings given to a packed lecture room. Lots of advice about making sensible decisions in good time, looking for big usable fields, working out the wind and assessing the surface from aloft. Good use of yet another wet Saturday.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Having been glued to the live feed for days. I have never seen such exiting racing. These guys are brave! Jon finished 11th.


Sadly the last race cost Tomas Reich of Chile his life. No news on how. Mountains are very unforgiving. Glider racing is becoming a bit like F1 in the seventies. Maybe we have some thinking to do?


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

Erstwhile Booker member Jon Gatfield is carrying the flag for GB this week in the World Final of the Sailplane Grand Prix in Santiago Chile.



Day one was cancelled due to low cloud and poor heating. You can follow the action here: www.sgp.aero

Good luck Jon

Friday, 12 January 2018

Winter Lecture Series

Not so much lectures as briefings aimed at helping early solo pilots, Bronze candidates and others to make progress in their gliding, here is the programme for 2018.

The session on 27th January is for early solo to post Bronze pilots to discuss things which might be slowing their progress and how the club could help them to reach their goals, as well as an opportunity to ask questions about what gliding has to offer.




Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sunday Retrieve Team

Anything to keep warm

The cold and wind didn't spoil the fun on Sunday!